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DWR to Use Innovative Airborne Technology to Map State’s Groundwater Basins

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is using an innovative, helicopter-based technology to gather information about the state’s groundwater aquifer structure to support drought response and the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). DWR’s use of airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveys advances Governor Newsom’s Water Resilience Portfolio goal of using technology […]

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Survey Finds Little Snow as Statewide Snowpack Drops to 38 Percent Following Record Dry Months

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today conducted the fourth snow survey of the season at Phillips Station. Following three straight months of record dry conditions, the manual survey recorded just 2.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of one inch, which is four percent of average for this […]

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Dry January Conditions Return Snowpack to Near Average Levels

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today conducted the second snow survey of the season at Phillips Station. Following a dry January, the manual survey recorded 48.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 19 inches, which is 109 percent of average for this location for this date. The snow water […]

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Hyatt Powerplant at Oroville Dam Resumes Operation

OROVILLE, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced hydropower generation has resumed at the Hyatt Powerplant at Oroville Dam in Butte County. The powerplant was taken offline August 5 due to historic low lake levels driven by the state’s ongoing severe drought conditions. Recent storms have boosted lake levels and provided colder […]

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DWR Announces Initial State Water Project Allocation, Additional Actions to Prepare for Third Dry Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its initial State Water Project (SWP) allocation for 2022 along with several steps to manage the state’s water supply in anticipation of a third dry year with reservoirs at or near historic lows.   Given the unprecedented drought conditions, the SWP’s initial allocation for December […]

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Temporary Power Generators Now Online to Support California’s Electricity Grid

Four temporary mobile emergency power generating units totaling 120 megawatts (MW) deployed by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) are online and ready to support California’s energy grid in times of extreme stress on the grid. Two units each have been temporarily installed at two sites in Northern California: Greenleaf Unit 1, operated by Calpine […]

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DWR Adjusts State Water Project Allocation Following Dry Winter

SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 23, 2021 – As California experiences a second consecutive dry year, today the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced an adjustment to its initial State Water Project (SWP) allocation for the 2021 water year. The department now expects to deliver 5 percent of requested supplies this year, down from the initial allocation […]

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FEMA Releases Additional Reimbursement Funds for Oroville Spillways Repairs and Reconstruction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. February 1, 2021 – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has received notification that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released an additional $308 million in requested funds for the Oroville Dam spillways reconstruction and emergency response. These funds are in addition to the $260 million that FEMA has already committed to for […]

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From Dust to Pupfish: Salton Sea Species Conservation Habitat Project Breaks Ground

Last week a fleet of bulldozers and other heavy equipment began the enormous task of moving roughly 5 million cubic yards of soil around a 4,110-acre area of dry lakebed at the southern end of the Salton Sea as part of the Species Conservation Habitat Project. The Species Conservation Habitat project is the first step toward achieving […]

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DWR Releases Initial State Water Project Allocation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. December 2, 2020 – With California off to a dry start for the water year, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced an initial State Water Project (SWP) allocation of 10 percent of requested supplies for the 2021 water year. Initial allocations are based on conservative assumptions regarding hydrology and factors such as […]

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State Water Project Allocation Increases to 20 Percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. May 22, 2020 – The State Water Project (SWP) now expects to deliver 20 percent of requested supplies in 2020 thanks to above-average precipitation in May, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today. An initial allocation of 10 percent was announced in December and increased to 15 percent in January. Today’s […]

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DWR: Warm, Dry Conditions Lead to Below Average Snowpack and Precipitation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. February 27, 2020 – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today conducted the third manual snow survey of 2020 at Phillips Station. The manual survey recorded 29 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent (SWE) of 11.5 inches, which is 47 percent of the March average for this location. The SWE […]

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State Water Project Allocation Increases to 15 Percent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. January 27, 2020 – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced an increase in 2020 State Water Project (SWP) allocations to 15 percent of requested supplies, up from the year’s initial 10 percent allocation announced on December 2. Allocations are reviewed monthly based on snowpack and runoff information and are typically finalized by […]

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San Luis Reservoir Algal Bloom at Danger Level – Public Urged to Avoid Water Contact, Not Eat Fish

SACRAMENTO, Calif. July 18, 2019 – Today, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) urged people to avoid physical contact with the water at San Luis Reservoir in Merced County until further notice and avoid eating fish from the lake due to the presence of blue-green algae. DWR increased the advisory from warning to danger after […]